Friday evening was more full of hoops news than you might have realized. Of course, there was the Eric Bledsoe stuff. But there was also this statement, released by Kansas media relations, from Kansas basketball coach Bill Self. The subject? Josh Selby. The content? Selby still hasn't been cleared by the NCAA, but he has been allowed to practice:
"We have had numerous inquiries about the status of Josh Selby. The NCAA has cleared Josh to be on scholarship, attend class and practice, but he has not yet been cleared for participation. That process is ongoing. It is not uncommon for these cases to take time, as we have seen in many other cases. Of course we would prefer that this be behind us, but we respect the process and will not comment further until it is complete."
This is noteworthy for one major reason. One, it was uncertain whether the NCAA would clear Selby to practice with his new team. Apparently, it has, and if his eligibility case inexorably marches on, Selby won't languish on the sideline while his teammates get ready for the season. Then, if the NCAA clears him at a later date, the learning curve may not be quite so steep.
That qualifies as good news, but it's not quite as good as Kansas would like it to be. The Jayhawks would, obviously, rather have Selby cleared by now. But with the NCAA looking into both aspects of Selby's eligibility -- athletic and academic -- it's probably best to be patient. As in this year's other high profile eligibility cases (Tony Mitchell, Will Barton, and so on), the NCAA is more than willing to take its time. And nothing is guaranteed.